More than a dozen innovative aircraft designs have sprung from the mind of Burt Rutan. After early work as a flight test engineer, then a designer for Bede Aircraft, Rutan formed his own company in the mid-1970s. He was a pioneer in the use of composite materials such as fiberglass and later formed Scaled Composites to produce prototypes for himself and the aerospace industry.

Rutan's Quickie is a design prototype of what would become a popular composite material airplane for kit or home-builders. Designed by Rutan, Tom Jewett, and Gene Sheehan as a two-weekend project for the home-builder, the plane was powered by an 18-horsepower engine. According Rutan, the principle designer, it was meant to echo the look of the X-Wing fighters from the Star Wars films.

The Quickie appears to be a modified canard design or biplane but in reality is a tandem wing aircraft. The majority of the lift is developed in the front wing, which is fitted with elevators and the forward landing gear. The aft wing, located on the upper part of the fuselage behind the cockpit, serves also as the horizontal stabilizer. The fuselage sweeps and narrows dramatically to the tail, which is fitted with a wheel. As with most Rutan aircraft, it combines composite construction and leading edge aerodynamics to create an exciting and unusual-looking aircraft.

The Museum's Quickie is the original prototype built by Rutan, Jewett, and Sheehan. Rutan first flew the machine on November 15, 1977, and all three men flew it in succession on November 20, 1977. It was later purchased by the Nelson Aircraft Corporation for use as a Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) demonstrator. The original Onan 18-horsepower engine was replaced with a Nelson H63-CP, 48-horsepower engine. The Quickie was later acquired by Charles R. Rhoades of Naples, Florida, who donated it to the Museum in 1986.

Serial Number:
1
Registration:
N77Q
Wingspan:
16.00ft
Length:
17ft
Height:
4ft
Wing Area:
46.00ft²
Empty Weight:
246lbs
Gross Weight:
480lbs
Maximum Speed:
126mph
Cruise Speed:
121mph
Range:
570miles

More than a dozen innovative aircraft designs have sprung from the mind of Burt Rutan. After early work as a flight test engineer, then a designer for Bede Aircraft, Rutan formed his own company in the mid-1970s. He was a pioneer in the use of composite materials such as fiberglass and later formed Scaled Composites to produce prototypes for himself and the aerospace industry.

Rutan's Quickie is a design prototype of what would become a popular composite material airplane for kit or home-builders. Designed by Rutan, Tom Jewett, and Gene Sheehan as a two-weekend project for the home-builder, the plane was powered by an 18-horsepower engine. According Rutan, the principle designer, it was meant to echo the look of the X-Wing fighters from the Star Wars films.

The Quickie appears to be a modified canard design or biplane but in reality is a tandem wing aircraft. The majority of the lift is developed in the front wing, which is fitted with elevators and the forward landing gear. The aft wing, located on the upper part of the fuselage behind the cockpit, serves also as the horizontal stabilizer. The fuselage sweeps and narrows dramatically to the tail, which is fitted with a wheel. As with most Rutan aircraft, it combines composite construction and leading edge aerodynamics to create an exciting and unusual-looking aircraft.

The Museum's Quickie is the original prototype built by Rutan, Jewett, and Sheehan. Rutan first flew the machine on November 15, 1977, and all three men flew it in succession on November 20, 1977. It was later purchased by the Nelson Aircraft Corporation for use as a Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) demonstrator. The original Onan 18-horsepower engine was replaced with a Nelson H63-CP, 48-horsepower engine. The Quickie was later acquired by Charles R. Rhoades of Naples, Florida, who donated it to the Museum in 1986.

Serial Number:
1
Registration:
N77Q
Wingspan:
16.00ft
Length:
17ft
Height:
4ft
Wing Area:
46.00ft²
Empty Weight:
246lbs
Gross Weight:
480lbs
Maximum Speed:
126mph
Cruise Speed:
121mph
Range:
570miles